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HopCast Episode 116

Episode 116: Darkness Day 2010

In episode 116 of the Hop Cast, we hit the road and head up to Brooklyn Center, Minnesota for Surly Darkness Day 2010. Just like Brad did last year for Darkness Day, the crew packed up the car and drove over night from Chicago to Minnesota. The Hop Cast crew arrived at Surly Brewery around 5:00 am and quickly grabbed a spot in the line. If you watched episode 62 from last years Darkness Day you know how this works. You are able to purchase six bottles of delicious russian imperial stout when bottles go on sale at noon. While waiting in line for seven hours Brad and Ken walked around with a bottle of 2008 Darkness to share with some friends. They ran into Anthony Stagno, Shawn Horton and Mike VanDelinder from Beer Genome Project and Stephen Johnson from New Brew Thursday. We also were able to grab a quick chat with the owner of Surly Brewing, Omar Ansari before the gates opened and the crowd rushed in to grab their bottles of Darkness.

If you are in the area or willing to drive a few hours, then this a great event to come out to, it’s a bit more calm then Dark Lord and everyone always has a good time.

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Hop Cast – Episode 69

In episode 69 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski reach for a morning beer rather than their typical morning coffee. The first beer they crack open is the Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing in Minnesota. The Coffee Bender is an American Brown Ale and has an ABV of 5.10%. Both Ken and Brad need at least two cups of coffee in the morning so they follow up the Coffee Bender with the Java Head Stout from Pennsylvania brewery, Tröegs. The Java Head is an Oatmeal Stout and has an ABV of 7.50%. Both of these beers are great coffee beers but the Coffee Bender packed more of a coffee flavor then the Java Head Stout. Don’t expect to get your caffeine from beer, the level of caffeine is rather low in just about all the coffee beers.

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Hop Cast – Special (Darkness)

Brad Chmielewski and Don Radlund managed to get their beer loving hands on a few bottles of the newly released Darkness 2008 from Surly Brewering. In this Hop Cast special Ken Hunnemeder, Brad Chmielewski and guest Don Radlund serve up the Darkness Days ’08 recap and a review of Surly’s Darkness 2008.

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